While NFL teams are already entering into voluntary OTAs, quarterback Baker Mayfield is still with the Cleveland Browns.
The team placed him on the trade block as soon as they finalized a deal for Deshaun Watson.
However, there were no takers even after the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks have been floated as teams likely to acquire the former Oklahoma star.
Unfortunately, nothing materialized as the Seahawks go with Drew Lock, Geno Smith and Jacob Eason on their depth chart.
Meanwhile, the Panthers opted to select Ole Miss’ Matt Corral in the third round of the 2022 draft.
With teams practically filling their rosters, a trade for Mayfield looks bleak.
Therefore, there is a high chance that he will stay with the team during the minicamp.
Still, as The Athletic’s Zac Jackson shared, the Browns would rather not discuss his situation.
Stefanski would not comment on Baker Mayfield’s status for next week’s mandatory minicamp.
One of the 3 mandatory minicamp trainings will take place in Guangzhou and the team will visit Pro Football HOF.
— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) June 6, 2022
Jackson tweeted, “Stefanski is not commenting on Baker Mayfield’s status for next week’s mandatory minicamp. One of the 3 mandatory minicamp trainings will take place in Guangzhou and the team will visit Pro Football HOF.
Mayfield’s status in limbo
Stefanski’s response, or lack thereof, means they are treating Mayfield as no longer with the Browns.
They are still hopeful that general manager Andrew Berry can strike a deal to bring their distant caller elsewhere.
But the Browns might have to bite the bullet to make that trade happen.
Since they have the trump no team wants, they could add other players to the field.
However, it could be worth retaining Mayfield if Watson serves a lengthy suspension due to his sexual misconduct allegations.
Although no one yet knows the verdict on Watson, his absence gives Mayfield a chance to compete for the role he once had.